double bed with head board

An update upstairs

We’ve just completed the second phase of interior design for this colourful family home in Tenterden.  You can see the previous work we did for the downstairs rooms of their new build property here.

This project begins where we left off, at the top of the stairs, and includes a hallway, two double guest bedrooms, an ensuite bathroom and a family bathroom.  We provided a full interior design service plus styling to make sure all the final touches were just right.

It was such a pleasure to be back in this lively home.  The owners have developed a real confidence in their own style, and are happy to make bold decisions that inject personality into their rooms.

This family loves to entertain, and they regularly have overseas guests staying with them.  Because of this the guestrooms are a really important part of the house, not just something to shut the door on.  We wanted to create welcoming, stylish rooms with real character that make a stay feel special.  I hope you’ll agree we’ve achieved this.

Stairway to heaven

First up, the hallway.  As you can see from the image below from our previous project, we used a deep blue colour on the walls of the stairs.   It was important to carry this through into the hallway at the top of the stairs to maintain a flow between the two spaces.

We did this by putting framed panels in the walls, and filling them with the same blue.  This creates a visual connection without flooding a space with floor to ceiling colour.

Halls can easily feel like soulless spaces, but not in this case where clever design touches make use of the space and hint at curiosities to be found behind the landing doors.  The upholstered bench and patterned rug add playful colour, and the owners have framed a silk scarf to create a striking artwork.

The antique sideboard is a treasured family piece, but we added three decorative baskets which store toys and books for easy access by visiting children.

bespoke bookcase fitted under the stairs
colourful hallway with antique sideboard
colourful hallway with patterned rug

Art Deco Guest Bedroom

The showstopper in this room is the unforgettable mural behind the bed.  The owners have a love for all things art deco, so we ran with this and used it to set the tone for this glamorous bedroom.  The figures with their draping beads frame the bed creating the illusion of a bedhead.  The beaded ceiling chandelier is positioned to fall in the centre of the mural, and the blown-glass bedside pendants hang like 1920s tassels either side.

art deco mural behind bed
double bed with art deco mural behind bed
beside table with ornaments

Another great feature of this room is the bespoke wardrobe which was designed with simple diamond-shaped panelling and provides plenty of storage for guests’ clothes.  In addition, one of the cupboards is for storage of family linen which has been organised using the Smartstyle “bed in a bag” method.  This is where all the linen for each bed is packed away as a set in a bag, making it super-simple to extract when needed.

Overall the room strikes the perfect balance between glamorous and relaxed.  The muted grey colour palette is lifted with little dashes of colour in the bedspread and cushions, and the neutral curtains are given a lift with a subtle silver thread.  Organic cotton bedding couldn’t look more inviting.

The trinket box and tray by the bedside are details added as part of our styling service. It’s thoughtful touches like these that bring a room to life; here they add a twinkle and provide a neat place for guests to store a watch or jewellery overnight.

close up wardrobe handles
custom made wardrobe
curtain embroidery
colourful cushion on bed

A Cosy Retreat for Guests

We can imagine guests being torn between which room they’d prefer to stay in; the glamorous art deco bedroom or this wonderful cosy hideaway.

The starting point for this room is the sumptuous velvet headboard fabric which informed our whole colour palette; the moody greens, soft corals and smoky blues are perfect for a restful bedroom.  The calming green walls and cabinetry help slow the pace allowing guests to wind down and quickly feel at home.

double bed with head board
close up headboard velvet fabric
pale cabinet against dark green walls

There are a number of touches in this bedroom which add to the gentle tone.  The scalloped shape of the headboard against the dark wall, the curvaceous lamps, the leather wardrobe handles and the layers of linen bedding all add softness.  By contrast, the porcelain chandelier, the geometric mirror and the minimalist standard lamp all add little hits of white that lift the mood and keep it feeling modern.

A real feature in this room is the bespoke wardrobe with its intricate starburst design which adds light, shade and interest and breaks up the dark green colour.

dark walled bedroom with light cosy double bed
dark custom wardrobe next to dresser and mirror
close up of art deco starburst on wardrobe
geometric mirror with minimalist lamp and art deco dresser

Ensuite Bathroom

Working with the existing bathroom suite, the dark green walls are continued from the bedroom through into the ensuite bathroom to create an easy connection between the two spaces.   We added new light fittings, and a titillating photo wall of Victorian erotica to raise a smile.

ensuite with dark green walls
photo frames arranged on wall

Family Bathroom

As this house is only a few years old, the existing family bathroom just needed a few cosmetic tweaks.  The shower cubicle is tiled to half height with sage green, so we took this colour and ran it around the walls to create a more cohesive space.  It also helps to visually ground the sink unit against the wall.  Some new art deco wall lights, a gilt mirror and framed artwork completed the room.

family bathroom with gilt mirror and art deco fixtures
two tone wall and shower cubicle